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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-01-08 03:04 PM
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The table is set for impeachment, Mdm. Speaker. How about some service over here?
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Edited on Tue Jan-01-08 03:47 PM by IDemo
Despite Speaker of the House Nanci Pelosi's stated removal of impeachment from the proverbial table, reasons exist for planting it squarely in place back on that table. The question of whether impeachment not only should but must be pursued by the House has been ignored entirely by the media, which gives Pelosi a pass on her decision simply because it is "politically wise" with an important election looming (if you call one year away "looming"). This, even with overwhelming evidence of the high crimes and misdemeanors of the Bush administration.

The reason I believe Pelosi is required to pursue impeachment: she took an oath (or affirmation) of office swearing to uphold the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. An oath of office isn't like the pledge of allegiance; having recited the pledge will not be used against one in any court of law if she later denies the under-Godness of the republic or the existence of liberty and justice for all. An oath is different. A witness in a criminal case takes an oath upon "swearing in" and becomes criminally culpable for lying, withholding information, or failure to appear. Taking an oath obliges one to uphold the terms and principles found within that oath. Ignoring an oath of office, either directly or by obfuscation, means an office holder has failed to uphold a binding agreement and is unfit to remain in office.

It is not Ms. Pelosi's impeachment that I would seek for failure to uphold her oath. But if she fails to see that an impeachment proceeding is fully warranted for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, she needs to be replaced as House Speaker and as a representative of the people next November. The people spoke without ambiguity last election: get us out of Iraq, and investigate the criminal cabal running roughshod over civil liberties, the rule of law, and the Constitution. Instead, Congress has rubber stamped the White House agenda, with only an occasional pronouncement of displeasure or unenforced subpoena.

The table is set for impeachment, Madame Speaker. How about some service over here?

US Constitution, Article VI (excerpted) - The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution.

Congressional Oath of Office - I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

The year 1862 saw the addition of several words to the public oath of office because of a nation fractured by the Civil War. "And defend" was added to "support the Constitution" to require an active effort in one's support. "Against all enemies, foreign and domestic" was added at this time as well, for obvious reasons. The words "That I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion" were added by Lincoln and Congress to ensure that Union soldiers would not defect to the South.

Add your name to Congressman Wexler's call for impeachment -> /

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